Hello, My Name Is Amanda, And I Love Buying And Keeping Books


Really, there SHOULD be a support group for people who purchase books and have a hard time getting rid of them.  What would you call it?  Readers Anonymous?  If you’re a reader you tend to find and communicate with other readers about what you’ve read, so that name will not work.
I am no alone in my addiction.  Many famous people have curated libraries (fancy term for ‘hoarding books’) in their homes.  Some of these hoarders would be easy to guess: Ernest Hemingway (9,000 books), William Randolph Hearst (7,000 books), and Thomas Jefferson (6,487 books) for example.  The news that some famous people are book hoarders, however, is a bit of a surprise: Michael Jackson (10,000 books), George Lucas (27,000 books – his library is shown above), and Harry Houdini (5,000 books).
The biggest collection (I know of anyway) is located in the home of Karl Lagerfeld.  The German fashion designer/artist/photographer has approximately 300,000 books at his home in Paris.  No kidding.  I guess a lot of disposable income and vast rooms in your home can make this high number of books possible. (Picture below)
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Apparently, you only have to own 1,000 books to qualify as a book hoarder, so I’m going to hit my Amazon.com bookmark next and see how close I can get to the goal today.
Happy reading!

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